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Infographic. Strength training–induced adaptations associated with improved running economy: potential mechanisms and training recommendations
  1. Leonardo Coelho Rabello Lima1,
  2. Richard Blagrove2
  1. 1 Department of Physical Education, São Paulo State University, Rio Claro, Brazil
  2. 2 School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Leonardo Coelho Rabello Lima, Department of Physical Education, São Paulo State University, Rio Claro 13506-752, Brazil; leonardocrlima{at}

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Running economy (RE) is an important determinant of distance running performance that expresses running efficiency as the oxygen uptake necessary to sustain a fixed submaximal running speed.1 Many interventions have been proposed to improve RE (ie, reduce oxygen uptake), with strength training (ST) being one of the most frequently investigated training strategies.1 2 The literature indicates that 6 to 14 weeks of ST intervention is likely to improve RE, especially when it emphasises the …

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